If you want to learn about instructional design and improve your skills, a number of books and free online resources are available.
I’m speaking at the Learning Solutions 2019 Conference. I have a session on choosing branching scenarios and a panel in the future of instructional design.
You can get into the field of instructional design two ways: the direct path (a masters degree or certificate) or the indirect path (changing careers from teaching or training).
Over the years, I’ve been asked by many different people what an instructional designer does and how to get into the field. Here’s my definition plus examples of common tasks.
Here are some of the books I recommend for the learning and development professionals on your gift list.
This is how I built a simulated phone conversation in Articulate Storyline as part of a branching scenario.
This is an example of the thought process for creating layouts for a branching scenario.
One way to engage learners is to make content immediately relevant. People naturally pay more attention to information they can use right away than information they “might need someday.”
This is a basic outline of how to create a training program for people without a formal instructional design background.
Ruth Clark identifies 8 learning domains where scenario-based learning can be used effectively. These common topics for workplace training all involve more strategic decision-making rather than simply following a checklist of tasks.